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Mahou Tsukai no Yome  
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With her mother dead and father long gone, Chise Hatori has spent her childhood being passed unwanted from relative to relative, until she finally makes her unfortunate way to a strange and improbable auction block. Offered as a “sleigh beggy” to the highest bidder, Chise is purchased by the (literally) boneheaded Elias Ainsworth, who promises to take her on as his apprentice. Elias is a mage, and his world is one of dragons and faeries - but before Chise can begin to get accustomed to all that nonsense, Elias drops another bombshell. Apparently Chise isn't just intended to be his apprentice - she will also be his bride.

Nominated for the 8th Manga Taisho Award.


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Associated Names
Die Braut des Magiers (German)
Mahō Tsukai no Yome
Mahoutsukai no Yome
Oblubienica czarnoksiężnika (Polish)
The Ancient Magus' Bride
The Magician's Bride
Velhon morsian

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v.5 c.25.5 by Maigo (38d ago)
v.4 c.20.5 by Maigo (46d ago)
c.28 by Maigo (71d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (414 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.82 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 8th 2016, 10:30am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Blade (Mag Garden)
Comic Garden (Mag Garden)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Seven Seas (4 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Monthly Pos #119 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #55 decreased(-24)
6 Month Pos #52 decreased(-9)

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In truth my rating is an 11/10   
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by Commissariat
March 13th, 2016, 2:54am
This series is great. I haven't read something that moved me so much, had intrigued me so much, in years. I'm a cheapskate but I'll buy all the volumes from this manga and the OVA when it comes out so I can properly support the author of this magnificent work.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
December 1st, 2015, 7:12am
I'm 3 volumes in, and I've got to give this series points for beautiful, understated art, thoughtful world building and deep, interesting characters. Mag Garden series tend to blur the line between shojo and shonen, and this is no exception. I'm interested to see how the romance will develop, considering his non-human form, but they're so cute together I find myself shipping them anyway...
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Good one like another manga I know   
Rating: N/A
by pookaloo
October 22nd, 2015, 9:24pm
This reminds me a lot of Antique Romance -- MC buys FMC through auction because she's special, age gap, girl depends on guy, slow but steady romance, funny moments, plus both are set in England. If you like magic and the fantasy realm on top of that then this manga is right on the money for you! There's a lot more angst in Antique but then again that is a finished series while Mahou is just starting. Have fun reading!

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2015, 9:27pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Localjrw
August 25th, 2015, 7:48pm
It has been a long time since I have gone WOW this is amazing for a manga.

Beautiful artwork, engaging story, all rolled into a dark fantasy world. I seem to be attracted to stories that explore the idea of what "family" truly means. I would recommend this to anyone who likes something beyond the norm in manga.
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I don't think it's quite there yet.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by yuno19
February 8th, 2015, 3:30am
I was reminded to Majo, which I love so much, when first reading this. The intricate art push me to read further, but the way the story unfold, especially the grave dog chapter left me unsatisfied. Narrative start to depend on said words than action, which I see as unfit for the art this gorgeous. Rereading Emma, I have a feeling that Mahoutsukai no Yome can reach that manga finesse in time, but not soon.
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I am surprised !!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
February 6th, 2015, 7:55am
i am really amazed of how well this story is written. It is different, appealing, and has a interest aspect of a story. I do not see any reason to give this anything below a 10 until the story start being bad.

The chapters take time to release but not worth down grading the score. I recommend this to any audience that love fantasy story with a little twist of everything else exempt sci-fi
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My 2 Cents   
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by Phiiyrael
February 2nd, 2015, 9:35am
Beautiful unique, absolutely love it. The arts gorgeous and i really enjoy these sorts of half romance half adventure/drama. The magic is beautifully done and has much more depth than i expected. Really enjoy the self-punishing style of love, its a beautiful heartache.
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Quite charming   
Rating: N/A
by devnamae
January 6th, 2015, 4:54am
Its been a while since I was so taken by a fantasy manga by the first chapter, especially something so shoujo-ish. Despite the shounen tag, the story seems to lean more to josei or a more mature shoujo- main female lead Chise isn't weepy and tsundere depsite her background (for now? lol), characters don't turn overly dramatic for no reason etc . The setting and plot leans heavily towards 'old world' magic and there's lots of folklore refs that fans of ye olde grimm tales would love. Also the male lead has a goat skull/wendigo appearance with a three piece suit. If that doesn't bring all the mori girls to the yard....

The artwork reminds me strongly of Emma/Bride Story/Gisele Alain. Seriously though, every chapter is a page turner and the story told so nicely that I just could not stop reading til the latest chapter (13 atm). Definitely recommend for fans of magical/fantasy work who are looking for a fresh look at the usual fairytale genre.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2015, 4:56am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
September 3rd, 2014, 8:04pm
Despite of how few the number of the chapters released, I can't hold back my feeling to comment for this amazing series. Yeah, I only read as far as 9 chapters, but the story, characters, n the art has already captivated me... in a unique way...

This series reminds me to Mushishi. An old-fashioned-magic setting where spiritual things exist in the deep of nature, not in some high tech machine. And the magic user doesn't use the magic for an epic battle or such, but to understand the law of "nature" and another spiritual sense... and yes, it succeeded to intrigue my curiosity and keep me wondering the "new world" law and setting

So, in brief, It's amazing series (for now), and I hope someone will change this shounen tag into seinen...

... Last updated on September 3rd, 2014, 8:14pm
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Captivated from the 1st chapter   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Blood_Wolf
July 3rd, 2014, 1:25pm
[Review after reading 3 chapters. Will update again after ~20 chapters for a better review]

I didn't think too much of this series until I actually started reading it. From the first chapter I was quite engrossed. The female lead (Chise) is a person who's got nothing to live for. She was at a point where she didn't care for life or death. The male lead (Ellias) is a bit of a mystery. Not a whole lot is said, other than that he is a sorceror, and that he seems to be quite well respected (This is partially an inferrence).

In the past 3 chapters, the author has been unveiling a fascinating world which co-exists with the one we all know. It's introduced a few different species of creatures (won't spoil what), and a couple of characters who may play large roles in the story once it begins to unfurl in earnest.


Can't comment on the characters, since I don't expect much depth in 3 chapters (but I feel from what I've read that the mangaka has the ability and the desire to give some real depth to the characters. A little was given to Chise already.)


Art so far has been good. It's not as good as I've seen in some manga (Shingeki no Kyoujin) but is well above average in my experience. It does well to give life to the characters and the environment, but I do feel a little something is missing at the same time.


Main plot of the story has been set, so we know what this is headed towards. Chapter 3 laid down some of the roadworks for the future. The main story of chapter 3 made me feel like this should be a seinen instead of shounen, but oh well. There's plenty of series that I'm surprised with being shounen already so I won't dwell on that. Won't comment too much, since I've only read 3 chapters, and it would be premature (and impossible) to say much about how well the story is being done. There are comedic moments in the story, which I think are done well.

Hmm.. Did I miss something..? Oh that's right! Ellias is a demon/spirit/monster thing?? Now I've read plenty of shounen-romance manga, so I'm pretty confident when I say, not many have one of the main characters being some kind of beastly demon looking thing. Sure there's one monstergirl haremy type manga, ones with vampires, demons/demon lords, etc etc. But they all still have some semblence of looking human (except the monstergirls I guess..). I find it refreshing to see this beauty and the beast style characterization. And since chapter 2 killed off my whole "This is gonna be a guy in a mask, isn't it?" fear, I'm enjoying the fresh coupling (Even if it's a fake sense of freshness, I'll take it).

To be edited in the future [Assuming it doesn't get dropped for some unfathomable reason]

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2014, 1:43pm
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